Geopolitical castling: Turkey has found a replacement for Russian tourists


In a world of globalization and economic integration processes, it is necessary to have good reasons to go against the will of an association, bloc or union. For Turkey, which is generally a pro-Western country and a member of NATO, unfriendly to the Russian Federation, for example, not joining the sanctions against Russia was dictated by great benefits, literally brought by Russian tourists in their wallets. For a long time, Russian vacationers accounted for the lion's share of the total volume of travelers visiting the Black Sea Republic.


However, with the start of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine, the situation began to change dramatically. This fact was first noted in the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism: since March of this year, the republic has received 48% fewer tourists from the Russian Federation compared to the same period last year. Disappointing data of the changing geopolitical situation, which caused a reduction in the flow of tourists to Turkey, are also recorded in Russia itself. According to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, our fellow citizens have stopped mass vacations in Turkey against the background of the events in Ukraine.

However, the Turkish tourism sector and industry did not fall into a "depression", on the contrary, it even showed an increase in indicators by an impressive 172%, quickly finding a replacement for domestic tourists. Since the beginning of the year, the country has received just under 9 million tourists. But in the report of the relevant Turkish department, not even these figures are striking, but the composition of travelers. This year, for the first time, German vacationers became the leader. Then comes Bulgaria, Iran, Russia and the UK.

Great demand has also emerged from the citizens of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and other EU countries.

For Russia, this is a negative indicator that has far-reaching consequences. The point is that Turkey is historically oriented towards the West. In recent years, it was only the economic component of cooperation (tourism and the energy sector) that kept it among Russia's allies. In connection with large-scale structural changes in the format and, most importantly, the profitability of relations (reduction of tourist flow, diversification of gas supplies), Ankara will undoubtedly choose the simplest path of geopolitical reshuffling of its foreign policy vector towards adjustment taking into account the prevailing circumstances.

The tension between Moscow and Ankara has been noticeable all these years, now that the opportunity for profit has disappeared, expect a continuation of the soft policy in relation to Russia, Turkey does not have to. The republic, ruled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, views any bilateral ties solely through the prism of its own interests.

True, the Turkish tour operators themselves, announcing the tourist castling, say that tourists from Eastern Europe are not at all as generous as tourists from Russia. Statistics from previous years show that one Russian tourist in Turkish resorts left money about 1,7 times more than the average tourist from the Czech Republic, Slovakia or the Baltic countries and about 1,3 times more than a tourist from Germany and Austria.
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  1. Bakht Online Bakht
    Bakht (Bakhtiyar) 29 May 2022 07: 16
    +3
    A new word in geopolitics. The foreign policy of the state depends on the number of tourists.

    The republic, ruled by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, views any bilateral ties solely through the prism of its own interests.

    And in the interests of which state should the president of the country act?
  2. Sydor Kovpak Offline Sydor Kovpak
    Sydor Kovpak 29 May 2022 07: 51
    +2
    Good arithmetic, tourists go there with money, and from there bayraktars with "gifts".
    It is necessary, while there is a special operation and misunderstandings in the world, to generally ban the departure of a tourist. work visa only. Everyone is just waiting to somehow offend Russia.
  3. Colonel Kudasov Offline Colonel Kudasov
    Colonel Kudasov (Boris) 29 May 2022 08: 02
    +1
    This year, for the first time, German vacationers became the leader.

    Well, you have to. There is inflation in the country, Germany switches to expensive energy resources and irresponsible citizens lower their savings over the hill)
  4. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 29 May 2022 09: 17
    +1
    Here you go. The old articles that Turkey will go bankrupt without the "rich Russians" have already been thrown into the trash, as expected.

    Much more important - the "new Russians" began to export capital to it, as it was written?
    And does transport pass through itself to Syria as before?

    Previously, they say she supported the rebels, supplied them, and let Russian planes into Syria pass through herself ....
    - this is really important, and not the exchange of Russian tourists for UAVs in Ukraine ... (money does not smell, everyone knows)
  5. yo yo Offline yo yo
    yo yo (Vasya Vasin) 29 May 2022 10: 29
    0
    Turkey is trying to get rid of Russian dependence
    If Russian 'pressure' by tourists disappears, then Russian 'pressure' by vegetables and fruits will remain
  6. Awaz Offline Awaz
    Awaz (Walery) 29 May 2022 12: 07
    +2
    европейцы ломанулись в Турцию из за резкого падения курса лиры и для них все там стало дешево . Нам же падение турецкой лиры никак не сказывается и поэтому смысла уже ехать туда нет . А я вообще не люблю ездить в турецкие отели отдыхать . Не нравятся мне турки за их неестественную фальшивую натянутую восточную слащавость . Конечно все люди разные , но вот такое у меня сложилось про них впечатление.
    1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
      Bulanov (Vladimir) 30 May 2022 15: 35
      0
      According to the Association of Tour Operators of Russia, our fellow citizens have stopped mass vacations in Turkey against the background of the events in Ukraine.

      It is better not to go there, otherwise you can buy monkeypox.
  7. Vox Populi Offline Vox Populi
    Vox Populi (vox populi) 29 May 2022 12: 49
    0
    However, the Turkish tourism sector and industry did not fall into a "depression", on the contrary, it even showed an increase in indicators by an impressive 172%, quickly finding a replacement for domestic tourists. Since the beginning of the year, the country has received just under 9 million tourists. But in the report of the relevant Turkish department, not even these figures are striking, but the composition of travelers. This year, for the first time, German vacationers became the leader. Then comes Bulgaria, Iran, Russia and the UK.
    Great demand has also emerged from the citizens of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and other EU countries.

    Something does not look like the EU will "die" from day to day, and those living there will plunge into complete poverty, as we are regularly assured ... winked
    1. Victorio Offline Victorio
      Victorio (Victorio) 30 May 2022 14: 23
      0
      Quote from Vox Populi
      it doesn't look like the EU is going to die any day now

      it is understandable, at first pensioners from Eastern European countries will start to bend.
  8. Igor Viktorovich Berdin 29 May 2022 15: 26
    +3
    Let them go. We need to develop our tourism. Our whole country has not been mastered. And now the coast to Odessa will be added.
    1. Bulanov Offline Bulanov
      Bulanov (Vladimir) 30 May 2022 15: 36
      0
      It still needs to be demolished.
  9. Peace Peace. Offline Peace Peace.
    Peace Peace. (Tumar Tumar) 29 May 2022 21: 03
    +3
    But lards of currency will remain at home.